Presenter Bios

Below are presenter bios for Farmworker Justice Day, 2021! Credit to C2C’s website for the use of many of these bios from the 2021 Farmworker Plenary. Thank you presenters!

C2C Promotoras:

Lucy Madrigal
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Lucy Madrigal (ella / ella) es una chicana bilingüe, nacida y criada, y mujer de color del condado de Skagit. Sus raíces están en Michoacán, México. Es una orgullosa hija de padres trabajadores que emigraron en la década de 1980 en busca del “Sueño Americano”. Ella es una firme defensora de los derechos humanos y de los trabajadores agrícolas. Sin miedo a decir lo que piensa, Lucy es la Coordinadora de Promotoras en C2C, donde lucha junto al Equipo de Liderazgo de C2C y otros para crear conciencia sobre las condiciones de vida y de trabajo de los trabajadores agrícolas. Ella apoya a su comunidad promoviendo la justicia y la equidad. del

Lucy Madrigal (she / she) is a bilingual Chicana, born and raised, and woman of color from Skagit County. Her roots are in Michoacán, Mexico. She is a proud daughter of working parents who emigrated in the 1980s in search of the “American Dream.” She is a strong advocate for human rights and farm workers. Unafraid to speak her mind, Lucy is the Promotoras Coordinator at C2C, where she fights alongside the C2C Leadership Team and others to raise awareness about the working and living conditions of farmworkers. She supports her community by promoting justice and equity.

Australia Tobon
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Australia Tobon (ella) es una Promotora del Condado de Whatcom en C2C que ayuda a organizar a las familias campesinas e inmigrantes locales para que cuenten sus propias historias, problemas y soluciones mientras conecta a los trabajadores agrícolas con los recursos y brinda orientaciones de derechos. Australia creció en Los Ángeles, California y se mudó a varios lugares en el suroeste antes de establecerse en el este de Washington. Pertenece a una familia de mujeres fuertes y trabajadoras agrícolas resilientes que han modelado su camino para servir a los demás, especialmente en diversas comunidades agrícolas. Su bisabuelita fue la primera promotora que encontró que tenía un corazón de amor, justicia y servicio. Sus experiencias vividas y la cultura oaxaqueña, han influido en su trabajo para encontrar formas de promover las relaciones comunitarias
hacia el poder colectivo, la construcción de movimientos y la
solidaridad por los derechos de los inmigrantes. Le apasionan los
derechos de los trabajadores agrícolas como un medio para transformar nuestro sistema alimentario y la sociedad en una ‘transición justa’.

Australia Tobon (she) is a Whatcom County Promotora at C2C who helps organize local farmworker families and immigrants to tell their own stories, problems and solutions while connecting farmworkers to resources and providing guidance on rights. Australia grew up in Los Angeles, California and moved to various locations in the Southwest before settling in eastern Washington. She belongs to a family of strong women and resilient farmworkers who have modeled the path to serve others, especially in various farming communities. Her great-grandmother was the first promotora Australia knew who had a heart of love, justice and service. Her lived experiences and the Oaxacan culture have influenced her work to find ways to promote community relationships towards collective power, movement building and solidarity for the rights of immigrants. She is passionate about farmworker rights as a means of transforming our food system and society in a ‘just transition’.

Arely Dominguez
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Arely Dominguez (ella) nació en CDMX, MX y se crió en el estado de WA desde la temprana edad de 3 años. Su familia emigró por primera vez a los Estados Unidos en los años 90, trabajando como campesinos, limpieza y manufactura. Desde muy joven ha estado involucrada en la lucha por la de justicia social, desde salir en protesta en la escuela secundaria para apoyar los derechos de los trabajadores y los derechos de las personas indocumentadas, hasta asistir a las marchas anuales del Primero de Mayo para los trabajadores agrícolas y las personas indocumentadas con su familia. Ella siempre ha luchado por las injusticias que afectan a su comunidad. Arely es parte del programa Promotora en C2C, donde trabaja junto al equipo de C2C para continuar la lucha contra la injusticia en nuestras comunidades y alrededor del
mundo.

Arely Dominguez (she) was born in CDMX, MX and raised in the state of WA from the young age of 3 years. Her family first emigrated to the United States in the 1990s, working as farmers, cleaning and manufacturing. From a young age she has been involved in the fight for social justice, from protesting in high school to support workers’ rights and the rights of undocumented people, to attending annual May Day marches for farmworkers, women and undocumented people with their family. She has always fought for injustices that affect her community. Arely is part of the Promotora program at C2C, where she works alongside the C2C team to continue the fight against injustice in our communities and around the world.

Familias Unidas por la Justicia:

Edgar Franks
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Edgar Franks es el Director Politico para el sindicato independiente de trabajadores del campo Familias Unidas por la Justicia cual fue fundado en 2013. Los miembros de Familias Unidas son Mixteco y Triqui. Es el único sindicato en Estados Unidos que es liderada por gente indígena. La responsabilidades incluyen tener a los miembros informados de legislación y leyes que afectan a gente del campo y inmigrantes. Al igual de apoyar a los miembros en cualquier forma que ellos ocupen. Edgar tambien representa al sindicato en otras alianzas nacionales y internacionales. Es parte de De la Red de Labor y sustentabilidad donde forman strategias para apoyar a trabajadores y proteger al medio ambiente. También es parte de la mesa directiva de la alianza por Justicia Climática del Estado de Washington.

Edgar Franks is the Political Director for the independent union of farm workers, Familias Unidas por la Justicia, which was founded in 2013. The members of Familias Unidas are Mixteco and Triqui. It is the only union in the United States that is led by indigenous people. Responsibilities include keeping members informed of legislation and laws that affect rural people and immigrants. As well as supporting the members in whatever way they need. Edgar also represents the union in other national and international alliances. Edgar is on the board of Network of Labor and sustainability where they form strategies to support workers and protect the environment. He is also on the board of directors of the Washington State Climate Justice Alliance.

Trabajadores Unidas por la Justicia:

Maribel Medina: Tengo 44 años y he vivido en el estado de Washington por 30 años. Soy del estado de Jalisco, Mexico, la unica mujer de cuatro hijos. Soy madre de cuatro hijos y orgullosa abuela de dos niñas. 

He trabajado en el campo y bodegas por gran parte de mi vida y estoy orgullosa de eso. 

También, soy la Tesorera de Trabajadores Unidos por la Justicia. Y estoy muy contenta y orgullosa de perteneser a esta organización.  

Maribel Medina: I’m 44 years old, and I have lived in the state of Washington for 30 years. I am from Jalisco state, Mexico, the only girl among four children. I am the mother of four children and the proud grandmother of two girls.

I have worked in the fields and packinghouses for a large part of my life, and I’m proud of this. I am also the Treasurer of Workers United for Justice. And I am very happy and proud to belong to this organization.

Angelina Maricela Lara: I’m a big city girl living in a small town which needs big changes. My name is Angelina Maricela Lara. I am from California. My parents descend from Michoacán, Mexico. My mother was pregnant with me when she migrated in 1971. I was born in Compton on March 11, 1972 and raised in Pomona. I am the oldest child, I have two sisters and one brother. I moved to the Yakima Valley in 2005. I am trained as a medical assistant, so at first I worked as an assistant to a pediatric nurse. A lot of agricultural workers came to our clinic, and I began to learn about the work people did in the fields. I felt close to them because my mother and aunt had worked in the fields.  I wanted to know what it was like, so, along with my aunt and mother, I went to work at Evans’ fields in Sunnyside. When the season was over, my partner and I got hired at Allan Brothers Fruit Warehouse. 

Little did we know that in 2020 we would enter into the worst pandemic United States would ever encounter, putting us and everyone in the food industry in a terrible situation. We workers had to choose whether to stay home with no pay or risk our lives to provide for our families. On April 30th I was working in the production area when I was suddenly moved to the re-pack department where I ended my shift. The next day I felt more tired than usual and decided to lie down and rest. Three hours later I woke up unable to breathe and with a fever so high it had me shaking. To this day, everything is a blur. 

I called work and informed them of my symptoms so they could let the people who had been around me know I was sick so they could take the necessary precautions for their family members. Three days later I went to a clinic to get tested and found out I was positive. Like so many people, I had little to no idea what steps or precautions to take to prevent the spread of Covid or protect my family or co-workers from it.  

It was just a few days later that a co-worker called me and told me that the workers had walked out and were on strike. This is where our journey really begins! Never in a million years did it pass my mind that I would be involved in something this amazing! Because of our strike, the companies had to provide masks and protection against COVID. We, the workers, accomplished that. Now here I am, the Vice President of Trabajadores Unidos Por La Justicia. It has been a process, there is so much to learn and do! Yakima is a small town that needs big changes. I can’t wait to see all the changes we are going to help make!